Apologies for the silence - it's been a busy few months, but I'm back now!

2 May 2013

Good morning, Team!

It's been a long time since I posted anything on my website. Apologies for the silence - it's been a busy few months, but I'm back now.

At last, it looks like summer's arrived. The last few days have been glorious, so let's hope the sun continues to shine.

Working in Croydon, you wouldn't think there are many places you could go to enjoy the sun. However, yesterday a colleague told me about a little gem hidden away in the centre of Croydon. Namely, Park Hill Recreation Ground.

The strange thing is, I never knew this park existed! It's only a 5 minute walk away from the office and was unusually quiet when I arrived on a sunny Wednesday lunchtime.

Apparently, the park was once a deer park for the enjoyment of the Archbishops of Canterbury, who hunted there for nearly eight hundred years, when Croydon's "Old Palace" was one of their chief summer residences.

A reservoir (long since gone) and water tower were built in the park around the middle of the 19th century.

The Croydon Advertiser reported in the 1880s that The Reservoir is a very pretty walk for whispering lovers and children of older growth, but for boys who play cricket and such amusement, the Reservoir Hill affords no attractions.